Graduate Students win Summer Research Awards
The School of Music is pleased to announce that ten graduate students have been awarded Summer Research Fellowships. These students are researching topics covering a wide range of subjects from American Indian opera to Polish art songs. The research funds help with incidental costs, such as travel to collections and website design, which can strain a student’s budget.
Jeffrey Hanson (PhD musicology) is spending his summer research looking into the opera Shanewis: The Robin Woman (1918) and the relationship between the composers and the performers of the opera, including their star performer Tsianina Redfeather Blackstone (Creek, Cherokee). He says that the relationship between ethnographers, music academics, and singers/songwriters of the early 20th century were messy and often led to inaccurate mistranslations of American Indian song, passed off as authentic songs. His work will also examine those songs and their cultural repercussions.
Ryan Rowe (MM vocal performance) is creating an online resource for those who perform Polish art songs. The website will initially include twelve composers and ten poets in the Romantic era. Unique aspects of the planned website include Polish lyric dictation resources and notes such as biographies and composition essays.
The complete list of students who have won fellowships for their summer research include Momcilo Aleksandric (DMA guitar performance), Alyssa Becker (DMA voice), Hon Ki Cheung (PhD music theory), Ines Guanchez (MM piano), Jeffrey Hanson (PhD musicology), Scott Iseminger (PhD music education), Christopher McGinley (DMA choral conducting), Zachary Ploeger (DMA trumpet), Ryan Rowe (MM voice), and Vinay Thomas (MM choral conducting).
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